The Power of One (Movie) Essay

699 Words Oct 20th, 2010 3 Pages
The film, “the Power of One,” followed the life of a boy named P.K. from a small child to a handsome young man. It showed all the hardship and tragedy he had to endure throughout his life. Although the movie could have focused more on the apartheid, it instead portrayed the vulgarity of those times through the eyes of an English boy. As time went on, P.K. slowly began to realize the full severity of the apartheid. It was difficult for a child to comprehend how horribly people could treat one another for no apparent reason. Despite all the obstacles he was forced to overcome in his life, P.K. was a very strong character. He continued to move forward and grew into a more motivated, caring person with each loved one he lost. Everyone who …show more content…
When Maria was wondering why the South African men were scared of them, it was clear how sheltered and brainwashed she was. It was then that she realized how unexposed she was and began to become more involved in the efforts to make a change. P.K. had to deal with being a victim of racism as well. He knew how it felt to be treated like he was worthless from when he was at boarding school and the Afrikaans blamed him for how the English military treated them. The swastika was shown on the main tormentor’s arm as a symbol of the wickedness and power of the apartheid. The Afrikaans in this movie were portrayed as the primary promoters or racism and segregation. During one of the final scenes where the Afrikaner officers were searching for P.K. and slaughtering many of the innocent people in their way, flames were shown all throughout the village. The ruthless murders were being compared to the evilness of hell. The African’s voices were once again singing in the background of this scene, conveying their innocence and strong united front. Throughout the movie, they sang in times of crisis, tragedy, and celebration. This film was very tear-jerking and inspirational. There were many hidden symbols and themes throughout and it was interesting to view it from the perspective of an English child living in a country other than his own. It didn’t focus on one particular issue, but thoughtfully portrayed all aspects of P.K.’s life,
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